It’s January, and do you know what that means? Time for the biggest sales on bedroom linens you will see all year! Search for your favorite online bedroom or linen site, and you will notice that they are offering discounts on linens and often bedroom furniture. January is the month to get a new duvet cover or replace old sheets with a fresh look. Three ways that you can quickly give your bedroom a new look:
Last week my decorating article discussed taking advantage of the January Whites Sales to update your bedroom’s linens. This week I would like to focus on three ways that you can easily create a new bedroom look:
1. Add Artwork
Choosing artwork can often be intimidating, or I find clients only want to fill a space. Understanding the proper size and selecting a piece that reflects your interests are important. My suggestion is to know how big a piece you need, take into account if the artwork will need to be framed as that will add further dimension. Keep in mind custom framing can be quite expensive and there are many ready-made frames available, have sizing in mind when you begin shopping.
It is imperative to create your furniture arrangement first, then add artwork and finish with accessorizing. I find people like to center a piece of artwork in the center of the wall space, which sounds practical. However, art should be hung, so it aesthetically ties into what it hangs over.
How to find affordable art sources:
Society 6 – Quirky and unusual artwork.
Art.com – Prints from your favorite artists.
Minted – Offers artwork from independent artists and a styling service if you are unsure of what you are looking for in a piece.
Etsy – If you would like a customized sign, or choose from many wall hangings, and unique hand-crafted items.
Zatista and Saatchi Art – Offer original artwork where you search based on price range and size.
Artfinder – Offers original artwork.
Ikea – Offers large and over-sized pieces.
iCanvas – Pick from existing artwork or create your own and decide the size.
2. Add dimension in Layers
2018 is the year of warm and comfortable according to Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest. To add a unique look to your bedroom without changing the comforter or duvet is to add layers on top. These are the layers and their respective order:
- Sheets – bottom sheet, top sheet
- Blanket or thin cover
- Pillows, European Shams (26×26), decorative pillows
- Comforter / Duvet
Click here to view tips on how to layer your bed from Pier1. Do you have an artist in your home? You can upload a file to Spoonflower where they create your image into fabric! Create customized fabric for your unique decorative pillows.
3. Add a Pop Color
Photo by Houzz – Search bedroom pictures
Note: In my last decorating article I covered adding light to your bedroom if you need to update your bedside lamps, click here to learn more about making the right choice.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured photo from Houzz: Leaf Floor Covering-Shaw Flooring
As we start the New Year, January is the perfect month to update the look of your bedroom. This month specializes in white sales as stores are looking to clear out their inventory. It’s also a great time to lighten up your bedroom since the winter month’s offer less light. For ideas on how you can quickly update your bedroom, guest bedroom, or any bedroom in your home keep reading. Look forward to more bedroom decorating ideas in the future.
Update Your Linens
Take advantage of the fabulous sales going on and update your linens and towels. Buying sheets are not all about thread count; you also need to consider what they are made of and what you are looking for in a sheet set.
Understand types of fabric:
- Percale comes in 100% cotton or cotton/poly blends usually with a thread count of 180-200. Poly/Cotton blends are usually less expensive, run hot because of the polyester yarn, and don’t wrinkle as much as the 100% cotton.
- Pima and Supima are high-quality cotton from the Southwestern part of the US (Pima) and Egypt (Supima) and are very soft with a thread count of 200-300.
- Organic cotton is often chosen by people who want to avoid chemicals; however, cotton is processed with chemicals, and you will want to look for a seal of GOTS or OEKO-TEX certification. To understand fabrics that are classified as organic and genuinely what that means, click here.
- Note, sheets made of bamboo are rayon. The process of turning bamboo into fabric requires the use of chemicals; therefore, don’t think this is a healthier or more “natural” choice (as is often depicted on the labeling of the sheets.)
Online retail sites for white sales:
If you want to change your color scheme and your old sheets are in good condition, consider donating them to The Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you have very used towels or blankets that you plan to replace, many animal shelters will take these items for their animal care.
- Add more lighting, an additional table lamp, floor lamp, or wall sconce.
- Change all of your lamp shades to white.
- Update all your light bulbs to the maximum wattage with a crisp white light.
- Add light colors to your bedroom. If everything is dark in your bedroom, consider adding a new duvet that would bring in light colors.
- Change your artwork to something with a brighter theme or change the frames to be a lighter color. Keep in mind one large piece of art visually looks cleaner and is more pleasing to the eye than many small sized pieces.
- Reduce stuff and clutter. The more things, the more you will feel surrounded and closed in.
If your bedroom or guest room’s mattress doesn’t offer the desired comfort, add a mattress topper! To learn about the available options, click here.
If you know you want to change something in your bedroom and you are unsure what to do, check out my Houzz IdeaBoard below for ideas:
If you plan to change the paint color in your bedroom, or if you need help choosing a color palette, give me a call to set up a consultation 610.955.8202 or email. Start 2018 with a fresh new bedroom look!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: A.S.D. Interiors – Shirry Dolgin, Owner.
We all love inspiration, and we are drawn to celebrities. Celebrities have access to the best designers, and they have the funds to support any decorating dream. With that in mind, I wanted to review five great ideas inspired by celebrities for updating and decorating your bedroom. Since January is the month of the best white sales you will see in the year, I thought it would be a timely post! Take these ideas and be inspired to find ways that you can incorporate them into your home if you find you love the idea! (Click on the idea number to view the celebrity bedroom.)
Idea #1 from Sarah Jessica Parker: Mix white walls and bedding with colorful lamps and seating. For some neutral bedding options from Bed Bath and Beyond, click here. Change the lamp shades of your existing lamps to include this look with a lovely blue shade, click here for ideas from Target.
Idea #2 From Cameron Diaz: In this room, you will see gold gilded paper that covers the ceiling from de Gournay, which is stunning. To get this look yourself, consider using paint! Ralph Lauren has a full line of metallic paints that could mimic this look for a substantial discount. These paints may be purchased at your local Home Depot.
Idea #3 from Hilary Swank: This bedroom has walls covered in silk! Silk fabric adds a rich look and a beautiful texture to the walls. If you love this idea but not the cost of silk for your walls, consider using decorator fabric instead. There are many affordable options available, plan to visit Philadelphia’s Fabric Row if you are located on the East Coast, click here to learn more about the shops. Another idea, if you don’t want to cover your whole wall with fabric, is to create panels of fabric. Here’s a great idea using 4’x8’ insulation panels and cover the panels with the material of your choice, click here to view an example of how this could look on a wall. To install a fabric wall, click here for instructions from HGTV.
Idea #4 from Courteney Cox: This room has a beautiful monochromatic color scheme using a foot and headboard made of zinc. If you love the look, create an upholstered headboard with a lovely fabric. Click here to view a video from Better Homes & Garden on how you can easily complete this look.
Idea #5 from Brian Atwood: In this bedroom, a platform bed adds to the simplicity and modern flow of the room. There are many looks that a platform bed can offer to a room, click here to view more examples from Houzz. If you are interested in building a platform or floating bed, click here for ideas and instructions from Bob Vila.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.